DDOT Proposes Bike Improvements for Florida Avenue NE
On Thurs., April 3, the District Department of Transportation held its third and final meeting for the Florida Avenue NE Multi-Modal Study. After a rash of crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists, the surrounding neighborhoods called on DDOT to make safety improvements that would slow the speeds of drivers, upgrade sidewalks, and add bicycling facilities. The area of study is Florida Avenue NE from New York Avenue NE to 14th Street NE. Also being considered for improvements are 6th Street NE from K Street to Penn Avenue in Florida Market, and West Virginia Avenue NE north from Florida Avenue alongside Galludet University. Greater Greater Washington has an in-depth discussion of the proposed alternatives, which area also available on the project website. There are three major alternatives (and a few sub-alternatives) for Florida Avenue NE. Determining what is the most bicycle-friendly option is a bit of a challenge at first glance. All alternatives include wider sidewalks, additional crosswalks, and more street trees. We have examined the all of the proposed alternatives and have concluded that the following elements are the best for bicyclists: Florida Avenue NE
- Alternative 3 with buffered bike lanes from 3rd Street NE to 6th Street NE
- Alternative 3A with 5-foot bikes lanes from 6th Street NE to West Virginia Avenue
- Alternative 3 with 5-foot bike lanes from West Virginia Avenue to 14th Street NE
- Alternative 2 with cycletracks north of Florida Avenue NE and bikes lanes to the south
- Alternative 2 with bike lanes north of Florida Avenue NE
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